Nutritional Labeling And Education Act ( Fda )

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GMO: Your Right to Know The fight to know what’s in your food is not a new one. Consumers have fought long and hard for foods to have labels containing their simple ingredients. Finally in 1990 the Food and Drug administration established the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act (fda.gov). However the fight to know what is in our food is far from over. Bioengineering has come a long way and has resulted in food that grows faster and with more consistent quality. This is at the expense of the consumer. With the change in the way that food is produced, there are no longer “simple ingredients.” More than 70% of the food in the grocery store and ⅔ of the crops grown in America contain biologically engineered ingredients (Caplan).…show more content…
The genes of the foreign species may originally be from bacteria, viruses, insects, plants, animals and even humans. For example GMO potatoes and corn contain bacteria genes, GMO tomatoes are inserted with flounder genes, “super pigs” with human growth genes, fish with cattle genes and the list goes on with thousands of other genetically altered plants and animals (“About Genetically Engineered Foods”). Currently about 92% of corn and 94% of soybeans grown in the United States are genetically engineered (“About Genetically Engineered Food”). At an alarming rate genetically engineered food is taking over the food supply available to american consumers. However, without a label law in place, consumers are unaware of the dramatic changes in our food supply. The Food Drug and Cosmetic Act contains a labeling law for any positive and negative “material” changes to the nutrition of food. For example, trans fats are labeled because they are related to cardiovascular disease (Murphy). Products containing peanuts and other allergens are required to be labeled due to the potential adverse health effects if eaten by individuals with nut or other allergies. In 1992, the Food and Drug Administration addressed the labeling of GMOs in a policy statement amended to the act. The policy states that foods developed by genetic
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